A small amount of routine maintenance can maximize the life of your clothes dryer.
In addition to following the manufacturer’s instructions, use these simple steps to keep your dryer running longer.
1. Clean the lint trap. After every load, take out the lint trap and remove all of the debris. This will help the heat to flow evenly throughout the dryer and improve efficiency.
2. Clean the vent system at least once a year. The vent system includes the pipe, which runs from the dryer to the wall, and the flap vent. If needed, remove the pipe from the dryer and brush it out. The flap vent is generally on on the outside wall of the house or on the roof. Lift the flap and clear out any obstructions.
3. Clean around and under the dryer weekly. Dirt, dust and moisture often accumulate and may interfere with the dryer’s efficiency.
4. Balance the machine to protect components. Use the feet on the bottom of the clothes dryer to make sure that the dryer is level.
5. Wipe the inside of the drum regularly. Some hair and lint may not get pulled into the lint trap. If debris remains inside of the drum, heat cannot be distributed evenly, and your clothes may not dry in the allotted time.
6. Avoid overloading the dryer with too many clothes. This causes the motor to have to work harder to turn the drum. It’s also likely that your clothes will not dry in one cycle.
7. Use a damp cloth to clean the outside of the clothes dryer once a week. The porcelain or enamel finish may be damaged by harsh cleaners, so use only water or mild detergent.